It can be hard to be everywhere you want to be and if you hear that a friend has lost a loved one, it can mean a lot to them for you to show up at the cremation services in Baltimore, MD to honor their loved one. But whether the service was too small and you weren’t invited or you weren’t able to attend around your own schedule, there are still plenty of things you can do after the service is over to support your friend and their loss. Here are a few things to consider doing:
Send A Card
One of the easiest things to do is send a card to your friend to acknowledge the loss, tell them you are sorry, and, if you didn’t make the service, apologize for missing it. You don’t have to go into why you weren’t there, just say you would have liked to have been there. You can also offer to help them in some way to show further support. Keep the card short and sweet and centered on their loss. They probably have a lot of sympathy cards coming in and they may not have time to read through anything longer.
Check In On Them
When someone loses a loved one, they often have family rallying around them, coming into town, helping with things, and mourning alongside them. After a week or so passes and the cremation service is behind them, the family will go back to their lives and your friend might not have as much support as they did at first. That’s a good chance for you to check in on them and support them in the extra ways they might need. Invite them out for coffee or take them a meal from their favorite place to check in on how they’re doing. Let them guide the conversation. If they want to talk about their loved ones, let them. If they’d rather talk about everyday things and take a break from their grief, let them do that, too.
You know your friend well and what types of things they might be letting fall by the wayside when they are dealing with other things. You can offer to do certain things to take the load off of them and show your support. Ask if their kids need rides to school or practice or see if they’d like for someone to mow their grass. Some of the daily things will get pushed aside when mourning is happening and it can be hard to get back on track without help.
There are plenty of other ways you can help to support someone, even after their loved one goes through cremation services in Baltimore, MD and the memorial is in the past. The professionals at Hari P. Close Funeral Service, P.A. are here to help you with ideas and options if you want to find a way to show your friend you are there for them. Give us a call and we can help you with suggestions.